Archive for April, 2009

Linking FrameMaker 9 in RoboHelp 8 session: New Time

For those of you who were looking forward to last week’s (4/24) session on "Dynamically Linking FrameMaker 9 Files in RoboHelp 8 in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2," unfortunately I had to postpone due health issues, so here’s take 2.

When: Friday, May 1, 2009 at 10:00am Pacific Time.

Where: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/adobetechcommsuite/

Registration: No registration required.

Login instructions: Click the link above as early as 30 minutes before the start time, enter as Guest, type your Full Name (do not type Guest as the name) and click Enter Room.  For the audio portion of the meeting, you will need to turn on your computer speakers and adjust the volume appropriately.  I will conduct a series of audio tests as participants begin to join.

Click here to make sure your system is properly configured to participate in this eLearning session via Acrobat Connect Pro.

Duration: 90 – 120 minutes, with a 15-minute break in between.

For an agenda and complete details, check out the original post on this session, by clicking here.

In the meantime, here’s a short Captivate simulation, that I recommend you go through in preparation for Friday’s session. The simulation walks you through the overall steps for linking FrameMaker files in RoboHelp, as well as it guides you through how to display the Project Settings and other key dialog boxes:

 

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Live eLearning: Dynamically Linking FrameMaker 9 Files in RoboHelp 8 in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2

This session will be similar to the FrameMaker 9 User Interface the Captivate 4 new features and the recent Building Web 2.0 Help using Adobe AIR and RoboHelp sessions I did.


Here are the specifics and what we will cover during this 120-minute live eLearning session:

When: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8:00am Pacific Time.

Where: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/adobetechcommsuite/

Registration: There’s no official registration required, however in the 3 sessions I have done thus far, I ended up with a lot more participants that I was prepared for, so please RSVP your participation in one of two ways, either open and accept the MS Outlook iCalendar below, or by adding a comment through this blog letting me know you’ll attend.

Right-click here and save this MS Outlook iCalendar of the meeting on your Calendar.

Login instructions: Click the link above as early as 30 minutes before the start time, enter as Guest, type your Full Name (do not type Guest as the name) and click Enter Room.  For the audio portion of the meeting, you will need to turn on your computer speakers and adjust the volume appropriately.  I will conduct a series of audio tests as participants begin to join.

Click here to make sure your system is properly configured to participate in this eLearning session via Acrobat Connect Pro.

One more thing to do is to make sure you have the latest Flash Player installed, because the session will include practice simulations in the Flash format.  Click here to install the latest Flash Player.

Duration: 120 minutes, with a 15-minute break in between.

Session Description: This eLearning session will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the difference between Importing and Linking FrameMaker files in RoboHelp
  • Understanding the overall process of linking FrameMaker files and books in Adobe RoboHelp 8
  • For Adobe TCS 1.x users, we will explore throughout the session what’s new in Technical Communication Suite 2
  • Editing content in FrameMaker and Refreshing the changes in RoboHelp
  • Mapping FrameMaker paragraph, character and table styles, as well as mapping and customizing cross-references and images to RoboHelp CSS styles
  • Using your own CSS file vs. the included RHStyleMapping.css file
  • Understand how CSS files are generated from FrameMaker files and how to consolidate multiple CSS files into a single one
  • Leveraging the new ExtendScript language in RoboHelp for further automation, for example for saving a RoboHelp project as a Project Template for future projects

As always, I’m looking forward to this eLearning session and I hope to see you there!

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FREE SDL AuthorAssistant for Adobe FrameMaker 9 users

UPDATE: Click here for the Webinar Recording.

Over the last year, we have been working with the great folks at SDL, the world leader in Global Information Management, on a partnership where our Adobe FrameMaker 9 customers would get SDL’s AuthorAssistant client absolutely free, making this yet another reason for exiting users to migrate to the latest version of FrameMaker, and for new users to join the Adobe family.

I’d like to add AuthorAssistant to the list of reasons why I would recommend users of the Technical Communication Suite 2 start in FrameMaker as their single-source authoring tool, where you do you Authoring and now Linguistic checks, create pristine Print and PDF, XML and DITA, and then use RoboHelp for everything Online Publishing, including creating Adobe AIR-based Help.

SDL AuthorAssistant for Adobe FrameMaker 9

SDL AuthorAssistant enables consistency of terminology, style and linguistic best practices, as well as ensuring the reuse of previously written and translated content.

  • SDL AuthorAssistant empowers technical authors to improve the quality of their content, ensure adherence to style guide rules and maintain consistency of terminology

  • Out-of-the-box, SDL AuthorAssistant automates many of the quality-checking processes that normally require human resources, resulting in greater productivity, higher quality and lower costs

  • SDL AuthorAssistant checks against previously translated content, so that companies with global audiences can improve content reuse and reduce the downstream costs of localizing content

  • SDL AuthorAssistant is the client software component of SDL Global Authoring Management System (SDL Global AMS) and is fully functional for desktop deployment

Webinar: Bring your Style Guide to Life and Create High-Quality Content from within Adobe FrameMaker

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April 15th, 2009, at 8:00am Pacific Time, SDL and Adobe will be hosting a live Webinar where we will be demonstrating the AuthorAssistant for Adobe FrameMaker 9 functionality and we hope to see you there. Click here to register for this Webinar.

Download SDL AuthorAssistant for Adobe FrameMaker 9

Both SDL and Adobe have created the following download pages for our customers:

Hope to see you there!

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A Tour around the new TCS2 Web 2.0 inspired User Assistance

By RJ Jacquez. Follow him on Twitter @rjacquez

In this year’s WritersUA conference, one of our Adobe themes was “Embracing Web 2.0 Technologies in User Assistance,” and one of the unique functionality in RoboHelp 8 that we were emphasizing and demonstrating was our new Adobe AIR Output support for building Web 2.0 inspired Help systems based on Adobe AIR. 

This type of output is similar to the Help that ships in the Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 products, which includes a ground-breaking social networking platform where anyone can submit a comment for other users to read, learn from and reply to, as well as it also offers an all-inclusive user assistance experience, which include a printable PDF of the Help and where you can bookmark Help topics and also add web links and feeds to RSS resources, such as Blogs.

Here’s what a fellow twitterer said on March 25th, after exploring the Adobe Captivate 4 Help:

“Adobe Captivate Help goes 2.0–via [Adobe] Air, you can access user comments on topics right from help! and add ‘em yrself. that’s cool.”  twittered by Arl Nadel @SnarlyArl

Take a tour of this new and innovative User Assistance platform through this short Adobe Captivate 4 demonstration and afterwards, experience this system first hand by reading other users’ comments and adding your very own comments.

Also, if you haven’t watched the recording on “Building Web 2.0 User Assistance using Adobe AIR and RoboHelp,” you can do so from here.

Finally, do share your thoughts on the TCS2 Help, and what your plans are for aligning your documentation to today’s Web 2.0 experiences.

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